Writer Protection

NAMA is working to establish protections for Native American writers. Laws have been established to protect the work of federally recognized Native Americans regarding traditional artistic endeavors (Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990). This includes basketry, paintings, pottery and visual art works. Soliciting the materials as Native American art requires the artist have documentation of proof of heritage as a member of a federally recognized tribe. This initiative will seek to provide the same protections for Native American writers of film, television and new media.